Since a lot of Cosworx wigs (and wigs from other sites too, of course,) don't have clip-ons in matching colors, I figured this would be a good thing to have around since there are a lot of questions on how to do high ponytails, but not a lot of answers. Katie Bair covers how to stub a wig
, and Kukkii has an excellent tutorial on how to pull a wig into a high ponytail
, but while I made mine I searched and searched and didn't find any tutorial on how to make a clip-on that included functioning pictures. So I decided to make one here, and I hope it can help some folks out.
Here are the things you'll need:
Wefts matching your wig (If you can only find loose strand extensions and not pre-sewn wefts, try Kukkii's tutorial on how to make wefts
Hot glue gun and glue sticks (not pictured)
Sewing machine not necessary, but highly useful.
Hot water, if your wefts have kinks (follow Katie Bair's hot water tutorial
*Please pardon my cellphone pictures!* My camera was broken at the time these photos were taken, so I had to use my phone. It takes decent pictures but I ended up using a friend's camera to take the last couple pictures, since they're the most complex and I wanted everyone to see what I was doing...but the pictures are still terrible, so I'll be using my trusty friend MS Paint to show how everything works.
Cut a rectangle of fabric
that will go around your clip. The two slits are where the claws of the clip will go through. I gave about a half-inch on each side of the slit, and an extra half-inch on top and bottom. These will be important later. Make sure this piece of fabric fits around the clip without stretching; if the felt stretches, over time it can rip and you'll be left with a big tear at the bottom that will stick out and need a bit of work to repair.
Sew on the first weft
. You can start at the very bottom if you like, but I found I preferred a little extra 'insurance room' in case the stitches made the felt weaker. It also helps balance it a little, since too much heaviness near the bottom would make it more difficult to work with later. Just sew along the sewn part of the weft (indicated in blue) and save-stitch at the beginning and end, just like a normal seam.
Note to people who have not worked with wefts before: here is where you snip a weft
Sew on wefts
until they are level with the top of the slits--picture is about a third of the way up. How far apart you sew your wefts will dictate how thick your ponytail will be. I sewed them directly above each other and ended up with a very thick but beautiful ponytail. However, the thicker it is, the worse the tangles will be, so I wouldn't recommend sewing them right on top of each other unless you're going for a VERY thick ponytail (and have some Motions Oil Sheen
on hand. :P )
If you've clipped your ponytail into a wig at this point, you can basically see how things take shape from here. Sew some wefts onto the sides
--same side as the previous wefts, the hair facing the rest of the wefts. This will help cover the claws of the clip and prevent them from showing in profile shots.
Sew the final wefts along the top
. Finally! No more weft-sewing. Bet you never want to sew another straight line again...at least, you will if you did what I did and sewed the whole thing in one day. The more wefts you have along the very top and sides, the better chance the sewn areas of your wefts won't show when you finish.
Use something to scratch up the top of the inside of the claw clip. I used leftover sanding sponges, but even something like a plastic knife will work fine. Scores in the plastic will help the hot glue hold much better.
Slip the claws into the slits. This might take a little work. Make sure no wefts are getting caught where they shouldn't be. Groom the wefts sewn on the sides so they glide between the claws and over the sides without tangling.
(Commence terrible pictures...guess whose macro setting doesn't work?)
Now, you'll notice once you slip it on that it is boxy and awkward-looking. This is definitely the toughest step, so be careful and do this to the best of your ability. Use pins you don't care about to pin it before doing this and make sure it sits well. To fix this, hide the clip, and make the top look thicker, we are going to be doing a sort of box pleat right
at the top. While you're finagling this, let your hot glue gun heat up.
Apply hot glue at the red dots
. If you're careful, this means you won't get any on the hair itself, though it's fine if you do a little since it shouldn't show. You can sew it if you like, but anything short of an industrial will probably choke. Yes, you are gluing wefts on top of wefts and they are touching and probably melting a little bit. That's okay...melted plastic holds well, right?
Now you will be applying glue to the felt to attach it to the clip. Put glue along the UNDERSIDE (NOT the side with wefts this time) of the felt so that it will fold over and glue to the clip. Add dabs of glue where the red indicates
--the purple lines show the curve of the felt, so the two outermost dabs are just inside the 'corners' of the clip.
Apply glue along the underside of the top of the felt, where the red here indicates
. Apply it as well on the underside along the sides, where the wefts are sewn 'sideways'. This will keep the claws from slipping out of the ponytail 'cover,' and will also help make it easier to put in without wefts wanting to face all the wrong ways. You can pleat or glue the corners, if you like, but just tucking them in usually works.
Detangle and comb out your ponytail. It probably needs it by now. This will also help any misbehaving hair to go in the right direction. You probably saw how the wefts that were glued upside-down along the top want to jump up--one simple combing ought to cure this just fine. You can use hot water should it prove stubborn, and also to get rid of any kinks the fibers attained during shipping.
Photos of a finished ponytail with this method:
If you're attaching it to a Wisp or another short base like I did, and only have one ponytail rather than two, I suggest a little styling to the rest of the short wig to make it look more like a ponytail. You can see the improvement here:
For those that are paranoid and/or short, here is what the top of these ponytails looks like:
And when closed:
Identical to ones you would find in stores:
Questions are more than welcome and any particularly good or repeated questions will be added to the end of this tutorial. Please point out any directions that are not clear and I will do my best to clarify them, also...I'm not always very good at giving instruction the first time. ^^;